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Astros Pitcher Gives Honest Explanation for Rough Game 3 Performance

Tyler Maher
Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. gave an honest assessment of his Game 3 performance.
Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. gave an honest assessment of his Game 3 performance. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. had a historically bad performance in Game 3 of the 2022 World Series, becoming the first pitcher in MLB history to surrender 5 home runs in a World Series game.

Many observers wondered if McCullers was tipping his pitches to the Philadelphia Phillies, but he gave a different explanation for his struggles after the 7-0 defeat.

McCullers denied tipping his pitches, saying he simply "got beat" by the Phillies.

In his defense, Philadelphia has one of the most potent lineups in baseball. The Phillies ranked fourth in home runs and third in slugging percentage among National League teams this season. They also have the hottest hitter on the planet right now in Bryce Harper, who set the tone for the slugfest by taking McCullers deep in the bottom of the first.

McCullers had not given up a home run all postseason prior to Tuesday, so perhaps he was simply due. He may have also been rattled by the electric crowd at Citizens Bank Park, although his other two starts in these playoffs have come on the road as well.

Whatever the reason for McCullers' meltdown, the Astros now find themselves down 2-1 in the series with a pivotal Game 4 coming up on Wednesday. While Houston was initially favored to win the series, Philadelphia is now -155 favorites to do so on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.

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